Jack Ross’s Sunderland are through to the next round of the Carabao Cup after beating League One rivals Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground.

It was a tale of two strikers for Sunderland on Tuesday night.

Away at Accrington Stanley in the Carabao Cup first round, the contrast between Marc McNulty and Will Grigg could hardly have been more pronounced.

While McNulty was the best player on the pitch, running the Stanley defence ragged, scoring once and assisting another, Sunderland’s £4 million man is looking more expensive by the game.

In 25 games since his big-money move from Wigan Athletic, Grigg has found the target just five times. And he never looked like adding to that tally during an ineffective display at the Crown Ground while McNulty inspired the Black Cats to a 3-1 win – their first triumph of the season.

To make matters even worse for the Republic of Ireland international, Charlie Wyke came off the bench to net his first goal of the season late on with an impudent near-post flick.

Suddenly, Sunderland fans are demanding a McNulty-Wyke partnership as Sunderland look to get their League One campaign up and running against Portsmouth on Saturday.

Grigg’s fire has been well and truly extinguished.

 

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